Talia Hibbert is an author whose romance novels I’ve really been enjoying. They’re diverse, fun and the couples tend to be pretty cute. I have gone into them knowing they’re smutty. But even if that’s not something I’m a huge fan of in fiction, I’ve still been really enjoying them. I was lucky enough to get a copy of Act Your Age, Eve Brown through NetGalley, and I think it was my favourite of the series.
Eve is the youngest of the Brown sisters. She’s hopped from career to career, and after a recent mistake with doves, she’s been told she needs to hold down a job for a year. Luckily for her, she stumbles upon a chef’s role up in the Lake District. The B&B owner, Jacob, however, doesn’t take a liking to her. But he doesn’t have much choice other than to take her on.
The best part of this book was definitely the characters. Eve was so sweet, and it was kind of sad to see her always putting herself down. Jacob may have seemed cold at first, but he was actually pretty sweet. I loved seeing the Brown family again, and Jacob’s friends were pretty good too. I do love how diverse these books are, and it’s always wonderful to see. Jacob is autistic and Eve finds herself on the spectrum too. Neither character is just treated like their autism just makes them quirky or odd. They both show different signs of the disorder, and it was interesting. I’m not autistic, and I don’t know much about autism but seeing the different ways it affects people is still important.
I was a fan of the romance even if it did feel a little fast. The book only lasts over a couple of weeks and even the resolution of the problems near the end of the book is fixed pretty fast. I wasn’t the hugest fan of that speed. But I loved the way they bickered and teased, I love that they so clearly cared about each other and their flirting always made me smile.
The plot was focused mostly on Eve trying to find herself, and I was a big fan of that. It’s so easy to assume that characters have to know what they want at the beginning of a book, but they don’t. Eve was in her twenties and still trying to figure herself out, and that could be important to those who still don’t know what to do with their life at that age. There are plenty of people who don’t know what their dreams should be, and it was refreshing to see on the page.
I definitely enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it to all romance lovers!